“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” John Crosby, American politician It’s a Cinderella kind of day of grey rain-streaked skies and unrelenting drudgery. Okay, maybe it’s not hard physical labour like Cinderella faced – I’m not mopping floors or hanging out laundry or washing … Continue reading SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME – WRITING MENTORS
“We are an intelligent species and the use of our intelligence quite properly gives us pleasure. In this respect, the brain is like a muscle. When it is use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.” Broca’s Brain by Carl Sagan, American scientist and educator. “No,” says my brain, kicking and screaming as I try … Continue reading LEAN & MEAN – THE WRITING WORKOUT
“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.” Garrison Keillor: Leaving Home It’s that time of year again. There’s no mistaking it; at least, not in our local supermarket where every aisle is adorned with sparkly tinsel and Wham, Slade and other Christmas hits are … Continue reading SO NOW THAT IT’S CHRISTMAS, WHAT’S A WRITER TO DO?
“Punctuation, is? fun!” Daniel Keyes: Flowers for Algernon Or should that be ponderous punctuation because, to be frank, punctuation is something many of us endure rather than enjoy. We do it because we have to, knowing that, if we don’t, dire consequences may result. For here’s the thing – punctuation may be small, but it … Continue reading PONDERING PUNCTUATION
“I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.” Isaac Asimov (world-renowned science fiction writer) Every life has its Big Decisions – those ‘Do I? Don’t I?’ moments where we know with gut-wrenching certainty that saying ‘Yes’ will change the rest of our life forever. Big Decision examples … Continue reading TAKING THE PLUNGE – should I write a novel?
“Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” Abraham Maslow (American writer and psychologist) There comes a point when the sound of the early morning wake-up call of the alarm buzzing in your ear like a recalcitrant bluebottle barely registers, your hand cancelling it robotically in a reflex action that is purely instinctive, requiring no thought at … Continue reading PRESS PAUSE
“The beginning of a plot is the prompting of desire.” Christopher Lehmann-haupt (American journalist, critic & novelist) To plot or not to plot? If you want to set the cat among the pigeons, just ask this question to any bunch of writers, then stand back and watch the fur fly. It’s a biggie. Bigger than … Continue reading THE PLOT THICKENS